Ask any parent and they will tell you that getting their kids to do homework is no easy task. Let’s face it; a lot of kids would rather be doing anything but their homework. If you have a child, or children, who do not want to spend time on their studies, then you may have to provide some incentives for them.
Incentives don’t have to be anything large or expensive to get the point across. For example, you can promise your student a dinner out at the restaurant of his choice if he completes all of his assignments before they are due. It may seem small, but chances are high that if they have the opportunity to choose their own reward, they will make every effort to complete their tasks.
Sometimes a simple prize like a night out won’t be enough. If you want to accomplish a more meaningful, or long term goal then you may want to have a larger incentive. Say you want you student to get straight A’s for a semester, you’ll need to have a large reward at the end if you expect them to be serious. Maybe you could promise them that new gaming system that is available, or a mini-shopping spree at Toys R Us. Whatever you decide on, it should be big enough to keep your child motivated, but not big enough where they would expect to get a reward every time they get an A.
While rewarding children with incentives for good grades and completed homework assignments may not be the route that some parents want to go. It is hard to argue though that providing incentives is a great way to jumpstart your child’s motivation. If you’re student seems to need some extra motivation, see if there is something that he is willing to work towards.